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NCERT Solutions for Class 9 English chapter 16 The Bond of Love

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Question 1:

Given in the box are some headings. Find the relevant paragraphs in the text to match the headings.

An Orphaned Cub; Brunos Food-chart; An Accidental Case of Poisoning; Playful Baba; Pain of Separation; Joy of Reunion; A Request to the Zoo; An Island in the courtyard

Answer:

An Orphaned Cub para 3

Brunos Food-chart para 6

An Accidental Case of Poisoning para 8

Playful Baba para 12

Pain of Separation para 14

Joy of Reunion para 16

A Request to the Zoo para 18

An Island in the Courtyard para 21

Question 2:

Answer the following questions.

1.I got him for her by accident.

(i) Who says this?

(ii) Who do him and her refer to?

(iii) What is the incident referred to here?

  1. He stood on his head in delight.

(i) Who does he refer to?

(ii) Why was he delighted?

  1. We all missed him greatly: but in a sense we were relieved.

(i) Who does we all stand for?

(ii) Who did they miss?

(iii) Why did they nevertheless feel relieved?

Answer:

  1. (i) The above lines are spoken by the narrator.

(ii) Here, him refers to the sloth bear and her refers to the narrators wife.

(iii) In the above line the author refers to his first encounter with Baba and the subsequent gift he makes to his wife. Once while in Mysore, the author and his friends encounter a black sloth bear. She comes out of a sugar cane field trying to escape the bullet shots that were aimed to evacuate the pigs. Unfortunately, one of the narrator’s companions shoots her on the spot. It is then that they notice a baby bear that was riding on her back. The narrator grabs him and to his wife’s delight, gifts him to her.

  1. (i) ‘He refers to the bear, Bruno.

(ii) Bruno was delighted to see the narrators wife after three months of separation.

  1. (i) ‘We all stands for the narrator, his wife and his son.

(ii) They missed Bruno (Baba).

(iii) They felt relieved because Baba was getting too big to be kept at home. That is why they had sent him off to a zoo.

Question 3:

Answer the following questions in 30 to 40 words each.

  1. On two occasions Bruno ate/drank something that should not be eaten /drunk. What happened to him on these occasions?
  2. Was Bruno a loving and playful pet? Why, then, did he have to be sent away?
  3. How was the problem of what to do with Bruno finally solved?

Answer:

  1. Once, Bruno ate some poison meant for the rats, which paralysed and weakened him. He also vomited and breathed heavily, but was later cured. In another incident, he drank nearly a gallon of old engine oil. Fortunately, he remained unaffected.
  2. Yes, Bruno was a loving and playful pet. Everybody in the family was attached to him, especially the narrators wife. However, he had to be sent away to a zoo because he was getting too big to be kept at home.
  3. Bruno had grown quiet big to be kept at home, due to which the author’s family had send him to the zoo. However, the problem was ultimately resolved by making an island for the bear, keeping all his needs in mind.

Question 1:

  1. Find these words in the lesson. They all have ie or ei in them.

f____ ld

ingred _____ nts

h ____ ght

misch _____ vous

fr ____ nds

_______ ghty-seven

rel ____ ved

p ____ ce

  1. Now here are some more words. Complete them witheior ie. Consult a dictionary if necessary.

bel___ ve

rec ____ve

w ___rd

l ___sure

s ___ze

w ____ght

r ____gn

f ______gn

gr _____f

p _____rce

(There is a popular rule of spelling: i before e except after c. Check if this rule is true by looking at the words above.)

Answer:

1.

field

ingredients

height

mischievous

friends

eighty-seven

relieved

piece

2.

believe

receive

weird

leisure

seize

weight

reign

feign

grief

pierce

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Question 2:

Here are some words with silent letters. Learn their spelling. Your teacher will dictate these words to you. Write them down and underline the silent letters.

knock

wrestle

walk

wrong

knee

half

honest

daughter

hours

return

hornet

calm

could

sign

island

button

Answer:

KnockWrestleWalkWrong
KneeHalfHonestDaughter
HoursReturnHornetCalm
CouldSignIslandButton

Question 3:

How to look at an Index

An index is a list of names or topics that are to be found in a book. It is a list arranged in alphabetical order at the end of a book.

The following paragraph shows that the doctor is consulting the index of a medical book to find out which injection is appropriate for Bruno.

Out came his medical books, and a feverish reference to index began:

What poison did you say, sir? Barium carbonate. Ah yes BBaBarium Salts Ah! Barium carbonate! Symptoms paralysis treatment injections of … Just a minute, sir. Ill bring my syringe and

the medicine.

  1. You have read about the French Revolution and you want to know more about the Third Estate in the context of the French Revolution. You can refer to the index of the bookLiving World History by T. Walter Wallbank and  Arnold Schrier:

On which pages in this book will you find information about the French Revolution and the Third Estate?

  1. To know what Food Security and Minimum Support Price mean in the context of the economic growth of a country you can go to the subject index given below fromPoverty and Famines An Essay on Entitlement and Deprivation by Amartya Sen. Under which heading in the index are you likely to find these topics?
  2. Given below is a portion of an index page from the book,Frenchs Index of Differential Diagnosis, edited by F. Dudley Hart M.D., F.R.C.P.

Study the entries and find out whether the following topics are discussed in the book.

(i) bronchitis due to cigarette smoking

(ii) heart failure due to bronchitis

(iii) bronchitis in children

Answer:

  1. Information about the French Revolution could be found on pages 393, 404-405, 427 and 489, while that of the Third Estate could be found on pages 404 and 405.
  2. We will likely find about what Food Security and Minimum Support Price mean in the context of the economic growth of a country, under the topic Food availability decline (FAD thesis).
  3. All the above topics are discussed in the book.

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Question 4:

  1. The Narrative Present

Notice the incomplete sentences in the following paragraphs. Here the writer is using incomplete sentences in the narration to make the incident more dramatic or immediate. Can you rewrite the paragraph in complete sentences?

(You can begin: The vet and I made a dash back to the car. Bruno was still floundering…)

(i) A dash back to car. Bruno still floundering about on his stumps, but clearly weakening rapidly; some vomiting, heavy breathing, with heaving flanks and gaping mouth.

Hold him everybody! In goes the hypodermic Bruno squeals 10 c.c. of the antidote enters his system without a drop being wasted. Then minutes later: condition unchanged! Another 10 c.c. injected! Ten minutes later: breathing less stertorous Bruno can move his arms and legs a little although he can not stand yet. Thirty minutes later: Bruno gets up and has a great feed! He looks at us disdainfully, as much as to say, Whats barium carbonate to a big black bear like me? Bruno is still eating.

(ii) In the paragraphs above from the story the verbs are in the present tense (eg. hold, goes, etc.). This gives the reader an impression of immediacy. The present tense is often used when we give a commentary on a game (cricket, football, etc.), or tell a story as if it is happening now. It is, therefore, called the narrative present.

You will read more about the present tense in Unit 10

  1. Adverbs

Find the adverbs in the passage below. (You’ve read about adverbs in Unit 1.)

We thought that everything was over when suddenly a black sloth bear came out panting in the hot sun. Now I will not shoot a sloth-bear wantonly but, unfortunately for the poor beast, one of my companions did not feel that way about it, and promptly shot the bear on the spot.

(i) Complete the following sentences, using a suitable adverb ending in ly.

(a) Rana does her homework _______________.

(b) It rains ___________ in Mumbai in June.

(c) He does his work _____________.

(d) The dog serves his master _____________.

(ii) Choose the most suitable adverbs or adverbial phrases and complete the following sentences.

(a) We should ____________get down from a moving train. (never, sometimes, often)

(b) I was ___________ in need of support after my poor performance. (badly, occasionally, sometimes).

(c) Rita met with an accident. The doctor examined her ______________. (suddenly, seriously, immediately)

  1. Take down the following scrambled version of a story, that your teacher will dictate to you, with appropriate punctuation marks. Then, read the scrambled story carefully and try to rewrite it rearranging the incidents.

A grasshopper, who was very hungry, saw her and said, When did you get the corn? I am dying of hunger. She wanted to dry them. It was a cold winters day, and an ant was bringing out some grains of corn from her home. She had gathered the corn in summer.

I was singing all day, answered the grasshopper.

If you sang all summer, said the ant, you can dance all winter.

What were you doing? asked the ant again.

The grasshopper replied, I was too busy.

I collected it in summer, said the ant. What were you doing in summer? Why did you not store some corn?

Answer:

1.(i) The vet and I made a dash back to the car. Bruno was still floundering about on his stumps, but clearly he was weakening rapidly. There was some vomiting and heavy breathing. His flanks were heaving and his mouth was gaping.

Everybody was asked to hold him. The hypodermic medicine went into Bruno, who squealed. 10 c.c. of anecdote entered his system without a drop being wasted. Even ten minutes later, the condition was unchanged. Another 10 c.c. was injected into him. Ten minutes later, his breathing became less stertorous. Bruno could move his arms and legs a little although he could not stand yet. Thirty minutes later, Bruno got up and had a great feed. He looked at us disdainfully, as much as to say, Whats barium carbonate to a big black bear like me? Bruno was still eating.

2.We thought that everything was over when suddenly a black sloth bear came out panting in the hot sun. Now I will not shoot a sloth-bear wantonly but, unfortunately for the poor beast, one of my companions did not feel that way about it, and promptly shot the bear on the spot.

(i)

(a) Rana does her homework timely.

(b) It rains heavily in Mumbai in June.

(c) He does his work properly.

(d) The dog serves his master faithfully.

(ii)

(a) We should never get down from a moving train.

(b) I was badly in need of support after my poor performance.

(c) Rita met with an accident. The doctor examined her immediately.

  1. It was a cold winters day, and an ant was bringing out some grains of corn from her home. She had gathered the corn in summer. She wanted to dry them. A grasshopper, who was very hungry, saw her and said, When did you get the corn? I am dying of hunger. I collected it in summer, said the ant. What were you doing in summer? Why did you not store some corn? The grasshopper replied, I was too busy. What were you doing? asked the ant again. I was singing all day, answered the grasshopper. If you sang all summer, said the ant, you can dance all winter.

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Question 1:

Pets have unique care and handling requirements and should only be kept by those with the commitment to understand and meet their needs. Give your argument in support of or against this statement.

or

There is an on-going debate on whether snake charmers should continue in their profession. You can get some idea about the debate from the newspaper clipping (The Hindu, 16 June 2004) given below. Read it, discuss in pairs or groups, and write either for or against the profession of snake charmers.

Report comes in support of snake charmers

By Our Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI, JUNE 15. Over 30 years after the introduction of the Wildlife Protection Act (WPA) that banned the catching of snakes in India, a small community of snake charmers continues to practise the trade catching over 400,000 snakes every year which ultimately die in defiance of the law.

A report based on new research by the Wildlife Trust of India (WTI), however, has strongly recommended that the traditional knowledge of the snake charmers and skills be now utilised for education and medicine by setting up sapera centres. This is mainly because the community has virtually no access to land, education or employment opportunities. They are dependent on snake charming to earn a livelihood. They trade around as vendors of traditional medicine, snake catchers and musicians. Ignorance about the law is quite common.

The report entitled Biodiversity, Livelihoods and the Law: The Case of the Jogi-Nath Snake Charmers of India based on path-breaking research was formally released by the Inspector General of Forests, V.K. Bahuguna, along with a presentation by members of the sapera community in the Capital on Monday.

Despite thirty years of the law being in existence, over 70 per cent of the Jogi-Naths are still dependent on snake charming to earn a livelihood. Ignorance about the law was quite common. None of them own land, even though they would like to, said Bahar Dutt, who led this research. Notably, most of those practising the trade in the current generation are all under 35 years of age.

Trapping occurs throughout the year and during their travels, though this activity increases during the monsoons. According to the data, each family on an average collects at least seven snakes.

Most snakes were force-fed and snake husbandry methods and health were found to be poor. The snake charmers community council imposes a heavy fine on a person if the snake dies in his custody as it is considered an extremely bad omen. As a result, the snakes are released when the charmers realise that their condition is deteriorating, said Dutt. Their ambition to showcase the reptiles and earn money was not fulfilled, as they flouted four WPA provisions, for illegally possessing the animals, not feeding them properly, causing injuries by extracting teeth unscientifically and killing snakes for the valuable snake parts and bones. Their offence generally invites imprisonment for three to seven years and a fine up to Rs 25,000 in each case.

On the positive side researchers found that the snake charmers possess a unique ability to handle venomous snakes with a tremendous knowledge of the different species and their behaviour. They are also called by local farmers to retrieve snakes, who would otherwise just kill them, from agricultural fields or human inhabited areas, she said.

Answer:

Pointers:

For the motion:

need individual love and care

not everyone can meet the handling requirements

everyone is not sensitive enough to understand and provide the needs of the animals unconditional commitment is required

busy and insensitive people cannot handle pets

such people should avoid taking such responsibility

will only hurt the innocent animal

Against the motion:

children and pets are alike

love develops once we are around our pets

animals are sensitive to our love and care and will respond alike

animals need attention

experience teaches ways to nurture

no special training required

(Pointers have been provided for students’ reference. It is strongly recommended that students prepare the answer on their own.)

Or

For the motion:

way to earn their livelihood

utilisation of traditional knowledge and skills for education and medicine

sell traditional medicine

entertain people

fine imposed if snake dies so try not to let it die

unique ability to handle venomous snakes

Against the motion:

WPA has banned it illegal but ignore law

snakes die or killed for skin and bones

most of snake charmers young should take up different profession

snakes force fed, poor health and snake husbandry methods

do not take care of snakes if condition deteriorates fear of being fined

hurt snake teeth extracted

(Pointers have been provided for students’ reference. It is strongly recommended that students prepare the answer on their own.)

Question 1:

Animals also feel the pleasure of love and the pain of separation.

Make a presentation by giving examples from your own experience.

Answer:

Pointers:

capacity to give unconditional love

respond to love and care shown

you feed stray dogs they look forward to your return the next day

show delight wag tail stretch jump

when you were ill dogs kept barking stayed near your house followed your car when you went to hospital

(Pointers have been provided for students’ reference. It is strongly recommended that students prepare the answer on their own.)

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